A German tourist buys a Japanese beverage from an interactive vending machine in Asakusa district on January 22, 2016, Tokyo, Japan. Vending machines are popular across Japan but many sell drinks unknown to overseas visitors. As Japan tries to attract more tourists in the build up to the Tokyo Olympic Games in 2020, Asahi Group Holdings in collaboration with Nomura Research Institute set up its first interactive vending machine for English speakers near the Sensoji Temple in Asakusa. Customers can speak to the new machine which uses voice recognition technology to answer questions and to recommend Japanese drinks to foreign visitors. In 2015 the number of overseas visitors to Japan was 19.73 million, the highest number in 45 years. (Photo by Rodrigo Reyes Marin/AFLO)

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Asahi trials talking vending machine for English speaking visitors in Tokyo
A German tourist buys a Japanese beverage from an interactive vending machine in Asakusa district on January 22, 2016, Tokyo, Japan. Vending machines are popular across Japan but many sell drinks unknown to overseas visitors. As Japan tries to attract more tourists in the build up to the Tokyo Olympic Games in 2020, Asahi Group Holdings in collaboration with Nomura Research Institute set up its first interactive vending machine for English speakers near the Sensoji Temple in Asakusa. Customers can speak to the new machine which uses voice recognition technology to answer questions and to recommend Japanese drinks to foreign visitors. In 2015 the number of overseas visitors to Japan was 19.73 million, the highest number in 45 years. (Photo by Rodrigo Reyes Marin/AFLO)

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Date 22 Jan 2016
Location: Tokyo Japan
Credit: Rodrigo Reyes Marin/AFLO
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